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Facebook Protect expands to more countries, including India; will offer extra protection to high-risk accounts

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Highlights:

  • Meta to expand Facebook Protect program to India.
  • Facebook will soon make it compulsory for users to protect their accounts with two-factor authentication.
  • The list of people who fall in the high-risk category includes human rights activists, journalists, and government officials.

As part of their ongoing improvements to security, they are expanding Facebook Protect, a program designed for people- that are likely to be highly targeted by malicious hackers, including human rights defenders, journalists, and government officials.

The program, which was first tested in the US in 2018 and expanded during the US 2020 elections, is now being rolled out to nearly 50 countries – including India. Users who fall within these groups will soon start seeing a prompt from Facebook asking them to turn on the ‘Facebook Protect’ option. Designed to protect accounts against cyberattacks, the program mandates users to turn on the two-factor authentication (2FA) for their accounts.

Two-factor authentication — particularly by using third-party authentication apps — significantly improves the security of your online accounts. This requires an OTP either via SMS or a third-party authenticator app in order to access the account. If a user recognized by Facebook as a high-risk account fails to turn on 2FA before the expiry date, he will lose access to his account. While Facebook will not block the accounts of users permanently, it would require the users to turn on 2FA to regain access to their accounts.

Here are easy steps to activate Facebook Protect:

  • Click on the menu bar (the three-line icon) and select “Settings”.
  • Select “Password and Security”.
  • Select “Facebook Protect”.
  • Press “Next” then “Next” again.
  • Click on the “Fix Now” button on a page with a message read “We’ve checked your account for vulnerabilities”.
  • Press the “Turn On” button to turn on two-factor authentication.
  • Select a security method by clicking on the “Text message (SMS)” section.
  • Select the phone number (the one that can be accessible) and wait for the 6-digit code to be sent to the mobile phone. Then enter the code and press “Continue”.
  • It will appear that the two-factor authentication is on, press “Done”.
  • Wait for the prompt “Your Facebook Protect is on”. You can go through the process again if you don’t get any notification.

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